Letters to the Sports Editor


Even with the losses, it’s been a good season

Count me among those who feel that Shaka Smart has done a very good job coaching this year’s Texas basketball team.

He has played the last two months without his best overall player (Tevin Mack) and with an eight-man rotation that includes four players recruited by Rick Barnes (Kendal Yancy, Eric Davis, Kerwin Roach and Shaq Cleare).

The disparity in talent between UT and other Big 12 schools seems obvious, with UT having (to my eyes) only two bona fide difference-makers (Jarrett Allen, Andrew Jones). Despite all this, the team has continued to play very hard every game, and coach Smart, to his credit — and in contrast with his predecessor — has never thrown them under the bus.

In my mind, this adds up to a successful season despite the won-loss record.

T.D. YOUNG, Austin



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